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Sarah Cameron - Acquisition and processing of L2 grammar: An ERP study

PhD fellow Sarah Cameron will present her project, in which she will investigate the following: Can L2 learners of Norwegian achieve native-like processing of morphosyntax? Do beginners demonstrate different processing patterns than advanced learners? Do these patterns change with time? And what factors might contribute to more native-like L2 grammar processing?

The talk will be given in English.

Previous studies using EEG have found that brain responses of L2 learners at different levels of proficiency vary when processing stimuli containing grammatical errors. While advanced learners behave more like native speakers in that morphosyntactic errors tend to elicit the brain response dubbed P600, the same response is often not found in beginners. By using a longitudinal design, this project hopes to shed more light on the acquisition process, and to what extent beginners who do not display the P600 response may begin to do so as their proficiency increases.


Sarah got her MA in linguistics at UiO in 2019, and is currently a PhD fellow at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian studies. She is also affiliated with MultiLing. Her academic interests are most things language and brain-related, particularly acquisition, processing, and organization of languages in the brain.


This is an open event. If you would like to receive information about upcoming events, you can register to the clinical forum mailing list here. You may also contact the organizers Helene KillmerAne Theimann or Sarah Cameron for more information.

Tags: Second language acquisition, Language processing, EEG, Neurolinguistics
Published Mar. 10, 2022 11:26 AM - Last modified Mar. 10, 2022 11:26 AM